Mark is the first of the ‘magnificent seven’ to cross the line

Mark Pursell, of Buxton AC.
Mark Pursell, of Buxton AC.

Seven Buxton AC runners competed in last week’s High Peak 40-miler - a relentless test of endurance.

The race is held out of Buxton Community School and heads down the Goyt Valley towards Taxal, before climbing to Eccles Pike, South Head and Mam Tor.

It then drops down into Castleton, before the route then heads up the rocky Cave Dale, over to Tideswell, down to Monsal Dale, and over to Chelmorton before heading back to Buxton via Cowdale and Staden.

Mark Pursell, in his first outing at the distance, ran at a sensibly-measured pace and this paid off by giving him a fantastic eighth place overall finish, in a time of six hours and 26 minutes.

Martin Thompson, celebrating his 40th birthday by running the same number in miles, was next home in 8.17 followed by Clare Holdcroft in 8.23.

Elizabeth Nocton and Aleks Kashefi finished together in 8.42.

Hot on their heels was Simon Moorhouse who posted a time of 8.47, while Bev Golden came home in 9.02.

Two weeks ago Simon had warmed up in the 56-mile Bullock Smithy.

The gruelling race, which takes in a large portion of the Peak District, saw Simon finish in 14.48.

Elizabeth also competed at the ultra-distance recently, and just the weekend before completed the Purbeck off-road Marathon to finish in 5.22.18.

To top all those extreme events, Clare recently raced in the 100K CCC ultra-mountain event over in the French Alps.

The 9 Edges Endurance Event, held from Fairholmes in the Derwent Valley to the Robin Hood pub near Baslow, covers a distance of 20 miles and, as it says in the title, climbs and descends nine edges in the Peak District.

Aleks Kashefi and Richard Goff undertook the challenge, finishing in 3.25 and 4.37 respectively.

Buxton Athletic Club meet twice a week outside the Pavilion Gardens Swimming Pool.

Newcomers always welcome. For more details, please see buxtonac.org.uk.